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"Part of being American is having a responsibility to stand up for freedom - not just our own freedom, but for everybody’s freedom. Our individual stories come together to make one large American story."

“Part of being American is having a responsibility to stand up for freedom – not just our own freedom, but for everybody’s freedom. Our individual stories come together to make one large American story.”

So said Barack Obama in Out Magazine, becoming the first ever US president to appear on the cover of an LGBT publication. He was interviewed by Out after being named their Ally of the Year, a title he received for his work on same sex marriage across the States, and his support for the community as a whole.

Talking to Out, Obama said the “fundamental right to marry should be guaranteed to LGBT couples” and that when the Supreme Court of the US agreed, it was a “proud and happy” moment for him. It will be a significant legacy he leaves too – not only the first black president, but also the only one to stand up for LGBT rights in such a vocal way. Under his administration, not only has same sex marriage law been passed, but the military’s outdated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed, something Obama had actually used during his campaign.

 June 26, 2015 in Washington, DC.
“Love is love” – a succinct message that many have taken to their hearts – washington.cbslocal.com

Obama says he believes firmly that “love is love” – a succinct message that many have taken to their hearts. It was this kind of campaigning, this no-nonsense attitude, that helped usher in the Supreme Court’s announcement on June 26th of this year that LGBT couples would finally be allowed to marry, and that their partnerships would be afforded the same recognition in law.

US President Barack Obama winks as he tells a joke about his place of birth during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, DC, April 28, 2012. The annual event, which brings together US President Barack Obama, Hollywood celebrities, news media personalities and Washington correspondents, features comedian Jimmy Kimmel as the host. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LGBT community of the States will be happy that he took a stand – huffingtonpost.com

He said that this decision proved that there was a “remarkable attitude shift -in hearts and minds – across America”, and it will not be forgotten by many that this attitude shift happened on his watch. While his presidency may yet be associated with other, less admirable policies, the LGBT community of the States will be happy that he took a stand.